Investment in recapitalization is the U.S. Coast Guard’s top budget priority, the armed service said Feb. 14, and the Obama administration’s fiscal 2012 budget request seeks $1.4 billion to rebuild the operationally stretched fleets of ships and aircraft. The request fully funds the fifth National Security Cutter (NSC), supports 40 Response Boats and six Fast Response Cutters, and makes significant investment in the renovation and restoration of shore facilities, officials said in ...


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